Back to school looks a lot different this year. If you have a student or teacher in your life who is heading back to the classroom, check out our DIY COVID-19 desktop protective shield to add another layer of protection.
This simple, easy-to-make screen can help reduce exposure to the virus by creating a physical barrier between classmates. Our project uses a Frost King Window Insulation Shrink Kit to make a temporary sneeze guard that can be placed on desks — the crystal clear plastic sheet shrinks tight and wrinkle free for an unobstructed view of the teacher. Best of all? It takes about 30 minutes and $30 to complete this project.
Watch our video for detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to use our products to create a COVID-19 shield, then follow these detailed directions.
Begin by cutting the PVC pipe into the proper lengths. Measure carefully and mark each length with a Sharpie before cutting. You will need to cut:
Assemble the frame. Lay the 3’3” PVC pipe pieces parallel to each other; use the 3’7” pipe pieces to connect the pieces and form a rectangle. Attach the pieces using the elbows to connect the top piece and the two sides. Use tees to connect the bottom piece of the rectangle to the sides.
Attach the 2’11 pipe pieces onto the open end of each tee. To make the base, insert a tee onto the exposed end of the pipes and attach a 1’3” piece of pipe into each open fitting. Use the mallet to carefully pound the pipe pieces together.
Stand the frame up. Apply the double-sided tape from the Frost King kit to the bottom and sides of the upper PVC opening. (If you are using a standard window kit you will have to apply tape to the top of the frame, too.) Do not remove the Frost King logo paper yet. Unroll the film, applying it from left to right; press firmly across the top bar. Leave a 1-1/2” overlay on each end. Cut the film and peel off logo paper from the 2-way tape and stretch the plastic over the frame onto the tape, pulling it as taut as possible. Get out your blow dryer and blow the plastic until it is clear and taut. Trim any excess film for a neat and clean-looking barrier.
We’ve got other projects to keep you and your family safer during the pandemic. Check out our DIY Isolation Room project and the article Salute to the Makers for a clever shopping cart hack.